Russia has no political prisoners, Ilya Klebanov, the president's representative to the Northwest Region, said Thursday in answering a foreign reporter who asked why Russia arrests, in violation of all democratic norms, people whom the authorities find troublesome. 'If you are talking about the YUKOS situation, that is not about politics,' Klebanov insisted. 'Like any other government, Russia must crack down on any non-payment of taxes by representatives of business; otherwise we will never build a strong society.' Russian laws, Klebanov added, are in most cases more liberal than similar laws in the West.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war